Favorites from marathon training

So instead of my usual Friday Favorites post, I thought I would post something a little different instead — favorite from marathon training!

This post is NOT sponsored. Just sharing some products I love that have gotten m through training for my first marathon.

I am in the home stretch of marathon training! Since I have lasted through almost 16 weeks of training, I thought I would share some of my favorite things with you all!

Brooks Glycerin 15
These shoes have been my saving grace during all of my runs since January.  They have so much support and I got them properly fitted (a half size up from what I normally wear) and my toes have been singing praises. I recommend Brooks shoes to any runner.

KT Tape
My knees have been a big point of caution for me during this training cycle. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about using KT Tape. I absolutely did not think it would help me — and I was so wrong!
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My NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill
Basically, the first three months of training were almost solely on my treadmill. I even ran a half marathon and one 14-miler on my treadmill during training.
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ProCompression Socks
After seeing ProCompression socks all over Instagram (#keepittight) and finding a coupon code on Facebook, I decided to buy some and see what they were all about.

So when I found a discount to get FIVE pairs for the price of two you best believe I ran to my computer to buy some.
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Gu Chews
While in the past I’ve typically stuck with strawberry-only Gu — this year I changed it up and started taking the cran-razz flavor. It’s definitely a new favorite. After my race, I am thinking about trying some new nutrition (honey stinger waffles, bonk bars, huma gel, etc)

FitBit Blaze
While at first, I was only going to use this watch for day-to-day wear, it’s kind of become my go-to running watch. I reviewed it early on but I love it more every day.
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What are some of your running-related favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites v.94

Happy Friday, friends! This was my last full week of work before I head to Miami on Tuesday for a work event. So while I’ll still be working Monday – Friday, it’ll be nice to be in the sunshine state instead of in cold and dreary Kentucky.

How is the weather where you are? It snowed here on our first day of Spring. *groans* I am ready to sunshine (and to run outside every day).

1. I’m thinking of making these my new everyday shoe?
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2. Since I work in the newspaper/media/designer world, this was super interesting to me. Fonts are so cool.

3. March Madness! I am so glad for the return of basketball last night even though my beloved Kentucky Wildcats lost.

4. I tried a new coffee shop in town this week called The Spot and I am in love! It’s a quirky place that really epitomizes the shop local culture. Plus their blended espressos were the bomb.com.   

5. Why U.S. women marathoners are having a moment.

6. No-bake cookies. I used to only get these in elementary school, but a local bakery has been making them lately and I am hooked.

7. I’m getting a pedicure after work today! These runner’s feet need some lovin’,

8. Cute, sleeping pupper.

You can’t cheat marathon training

Disclosure: I am on the 2018 Rock n Blog crew and was given a Rock n Roll Tour Pass 10-pack. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. 

I can’t believe I am more than halfway done with marathon training! I registered for this race in December and now I am a little more than a month away from toeing the starting line!

It’s long and hard work. During this cycle I’ve had to miss a run or two or even just cut one short, while I hate it, I know I have to flexible. BUT I try to hit every run and workout. It’s only 18 weeks of training and cutting short your runs hurts no one but yourself. I keep thinking, “put the work and now and you can rest when it’s over.”

I’m training smart because I want to be my best self on race day.

I’m training hard because I want to give this my all. I want to feel proud and strong when I cross the finish line on April 28.

Also, side note. I’M HUNGRY ALL THE TIME. So I know I’ve gained a pound or two (or maybe five?!) since I started training in January. 

So here’s to finishing these last seven weeks strong! Anyone else out there running RnR Nashville (or a last April race?!) Let me know how your training is going!

For those who have run a marathon before, how did training for your first race go?

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 9

I AM HALFWAY DONE WITH MARATHON TRAINING.

Nine weeks down, nine more to go. I celebrated being 50% done with training by running a half marathon on my treadmill on Saturday.

Here’s a look at week seven of my training — 29 miles total.
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Thankfully, this week was 10x than last week. I hit all my runs, good nutrition and ran pretty good paces. On Wednesday, I got to run outside which really helped improve my mood, confidence, and pace. On Friday, I got to run with my wing woman, so we chatted the entire time and the miles flew by.
**Also, I KNOW my watch said 7 miles when I hit stop.**

While the rest of my runs are still on the treadmill, my husband has been so supportive through this training cycle and his encouragement is what has kept me going through the highs and lows. I really am trying to keep my eye on the prize and think about how PROUD I am going to be when I finish 26.2 miles on April 28.

Any advice for the second half of marathon training?

Friday Favorites v.91

This was my first week at my new job! It was a week full of learning, training, and transition, but it was a lot of fun and I’m excited for what’s to come!

So since it’s been such a busy week, I’ve had to cut back on posting on this week. I’m hoping to be back at 100% in the next couple weeks, but there are lots of exciting things going on in the Richardson household!

But lets talk about a few favorites from this week.

1. Look at all these cute shamrock items from Brooks!
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2. My seven mile run on Wednesday. It was exactly the boost I needed going into this weekend. I also get to run with a friend today, which is such a treat!

3. Tuesday’s post on my favorite workout gear for Spring.

4. Found out earlier this week that I will get to travel to Miami and Naples Florida in the next two months for work. Yay for warm weather, my first trip on a plane and warm weather!

5. Kentucky man runs a marathon in all 50 states in one year. Yay KY!

6. YES YES YES. #Runderful
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7. What happened after I spoke out about fat shaming at the NYC marathon.

8. Murph and his memaw. 

In the words of Fat Amy — crushed it

TONIGHT’S RUN WAS AMAZING. It was just what I needed to get my confidence up. I ran seven miles OUTSIDE and was so speedy (for me).

“Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.”
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Saturday’s run sucked and to be honest, all of last week was crummy. Isn’t it crazy how some runs can be so slow, but then a few days later your minutes per mile faster?!

If you only remember one thing from today’s post, make it this:
“The voice inside your head that says you can’t do this is a liar.”

Workout gear for Spring

We are less than one month away from the first day of Spring! I thought it would be fun to roundup some of my favorite running and workout gear for Spring! Some of these products I already own and some are in my cart waiting for me to check out 😉

TOPS
Brooks Ghost Racerback. I love the fun colors on this tank and the fabric is so light and cool.

Oiselle Flyte Tank. This material is the best!

Nike Miller Running Top. I have this in blue and it’s so breathable. I usually don’t like running in short sleeves, but this one is a winner!

BOTTOMS
I really want these spandos shorts. Longer than the mini, they look perfect for someone with bigger legs (like me) plus they come in such a cute print!

Team 3/4 Tights. I basically want everything from Oiselle.
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SOCKS AND SHOES
ProCompression over-the-calf socks. These are so bright and the colors remind me of Easter!

These are the shoes (Brooks Glycerin 15) I am currently wearing while training for my first marathon. I love how much support they have.
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I love these Balega socks. I’ve been running in them since my high school cross country days and they are my favorite “low cut” sock.

EXTRAS
Asics color block bra.
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The best running belts for storing all your stuff. 

KT Tape! They have some fun colors, so at least you can look cute while being all wrapped up.

Sports Bra Squad and a good reminder

Unofficial #SportsBraSquad member. I ran without a shirt for the first time in AGES last night. While I was tucked away in my garage where no one could see me, I felt liberating to shed my shirt and run freely.

I debated on even posting this photo because of my stomach but decided to keep it real over here and show you the good, bad and the ugly. While I’m not where I want to be, I’m getting stronger every day!

I busted out seven miles (11:11 pace) and felt so damn proud of how far I’ve come.

Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m training for a marathon! Three months ago I was barely running 2-3 miles a night and now I’m running seven miles on a weeknight and more than 13 miles on the weekends!

I saw this on social media last week and decided to save it to my phone as a good reminder.

We have more substance than numbers.

Happy Hump Day! As always, Wednesday are jammed-packed for me. I’ll pop back in tomorrow for more running and life talk and then Friday will be my usual favorites post! Have a wonderful day!

RNR Nashville Marathon Training — Week 7

This week was one for the books! I had some great runs and hit a new distance personal record!

Here’s a look at week seven of my training — 26 miles total.
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During Thursday’s run, Ryan and Murphy came out to the garage to keep me company and it made the miles go by so fast. It’s funny how having someone to talk to, even if they aren’t running with you, makes all the difference in the world!

Saturday was the most exciting day — I hit 14 miles on the treadmill! The most I’ve ever run is a half marathon, so this was exciting to hit a new PR. Even though I am hoping the cold and the rain go away by next weekend — running on the treadmill for 2.5 hours majorly sucked.


This week I also got better at foam rolling. I don’t seem to be as sore after my long runs anymore, so foam rolling is a lot easier when it doesn’t cause me so much pain. I’m hoping I can keep up the stretching and rolling and stay limber through the last weeks of training.

11 more weeks of training!

How was your week in running?